FBI releases description of suspect in kidnapped NM girl’s death

This undated photo provided by the New Mexico State Police shows Ashlynne Mike. The air and ground search for the abducted Navajo girl ended tragically Tuesday, May 3, 2016, when authorities found the 11-year-old dead near the towering rock formation that gives the New Mexico town of Shiprock its name. Ashlynne Mike was kidnapped from the Navajo Nation, FBI spokesman Frank Fisher said. (New Mexico State Police via AP)

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SHIPROCK, N.M. (AP/KRQE) – The Navajo Nation and the FBI have confirmed the 11-year-old girl abducted near Shiprock has been found dead.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers and volunteers have been scouring the area between Shiprock and Red Valley, Arizona for 11-year-old Ashlynn Mike since Monday afternoon.

Investigators believe the girl was taken along a road near Fruitland just outside of Shiprock around 4 p.m. Monday, along with her 9-year-old brother. KRQE News 13 is told the two were on their way home from school.

According to Facebook posts from a woman claiming to be Ashlynn’s mother, the kidnapper let the boy go near the Arizona state line. She also says the abductor lured the kids into his van, promising to take them to a movie.

The FBI says they have no reason to believe the girl was taken by someone she knew.

According to Facebook, the girl’s brother also said the man who took them was Native American and driving a maroon van.

KRQE News 13 is still working to get a better description of the van, and will provide updates.


Police are searching for: 

  • Maroon Mini Van
  • With sliding doors
  • No hubcaps
  • Luggage rack on top of vehicle

Suspect is described as: 

  • Light skin Native American male
  • 20-30 years
  • Short dark hair
  • Tear drop tattoo under left eye
  • Earrings in both ears
  • Was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue pants, long silver necklace and a gold watch

Call police if you have any information.

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